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  • The Detectives: Murder on the Streets Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    The Detectives: Murder on the Streets

    This four-part series follows Manchester's murder detectives as they crack complex cases in real time.

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    27 Sep 2017

  • The Detectives: Murder on the Streets

    The Detectives: Murder on the Streets Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC New content
    Introductory level Updated 27 Sep 2017
    This four-part series follows Manchester's murder detectives as they crack complex cases in real time.
  • Drugs and the law: Legal highs

    By Hugh McFaul

    The UK recently issued a blanket ban on 'legal highs' but what does this legislation mean? Can the prohibition...

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    10 mins

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    13 Sep 2017

  • Drugs and the law: Legal highs

    Drugs and the law: Legal highs New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Sep 2017
    The UK recently issued a blanket ban on 'legal highs' but what does this legislation mean? Can the prohibition of selling these drugs stop their use?...
  • You Decide: Is it a crime? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    You Decide: Is it a crime?

    By Hugh McFaul

    What do you know about England and Wales' criminal justice system? Take a look at these four cases then make your...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Sep 2017

  • You Decide: Is it a crime?

    You Decide: Is it a crime? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 13 Sep 2017
    What do you know about England and Wales' criminal justice system? Take a look at these four cases then make your decision based on what you think is legal...
  • What is Law? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: olegdudko

    What is Law?

    By Keren Bright, Dr Stephanie Pywell

    Have a passion for law or thinking of studying it? Try out the first step in our series '12 Introductory Steps to Law...

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    12 Sep 2017

  • What is Law?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    Have a passion for law or thinking of studying it? Try out the first step in our series '12 Introductory Steps to Law' to find out more about law and equity....
  • Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you? Creative commons image Icon John Graner/Terrence R. Oakes/Louis M. French/Gerard Riedy under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you?

    By Lisa Claydon, Paul Catley

    If brain scans can reveal when someone is lying, should they become part of the court process? The OU's Paul Catley...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    25 Aug 2017

  • Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you?

    Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you? Creative commons image Icon John Graner/Terrence R. Oakes/Louis M. French/Gerard Riedy under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    If brain scans can reveal when someone is lying, should they become part of the court process? The OU's Paul Catley and Lisa Claydon consider the case.
  • How does a Bill move through Parliament? Creative commons image Icon UK House Of Lords under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How does a Bill move through Parliament?

    The passage of a Bill through the two houses gives a chance for refining and shaping the eventual legislation - or...

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    25 Aug 2017

  • How does a Bill move through Parliament?

    How does a Bill move through Parliament? Creative commons image Icon UK House Of Lords under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    The passage of a Bill through the two houses gives a chance for refining and shaping the eventual legislation - or rejecting it altogether.
  • What happens when a Bill is drafted? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: UK Government - released under an Open Government licence

    What happens when a Bill is drafted?

    Getting the Bill right is important. If it's going to become part of UK law, it needs to be carefully written - and...

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    25 Aug 2017

  • What happens when a Bill is drafted?

    What happens when a Bill is drafted? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: UK Government - released under an Open Government licence
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Getting the Bill right is important. If it's going to become part of UK law, it needs to be carefully written - and supported.
  • What are the three types of Bill? Creative commons image Icon Amir Rabbanni under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What are the three types of Bill?

    Laws start their lives as Bills in the Houses of Parliament. Here's a quick guide to the three type of Bill.

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    25 Aug 2017

  • What are the three types of Bill?

    What are the three types of Bill? Creative commons image Icon Amir Rabbanni under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Laws start their lives as Bills in the Houses of Parliament. Here's a quick guide to the three type of Bill.
  • What is Royal Assent - and why don't laws come into force straight away? Creative commons image Icon UK Home Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What is Royal Assent - and why don't laws come into force straight away?

    The Monarch's sign-off on a Bill is the last stage in making laws in the United Kingdom. But there's sometimes a...

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    25 Aug 2017

  • What is Royal Assent - and why don't laws come into force straight away?

    What is Royal Assent - and why don't laws come into force straight away? Creative commons image Icon UK Home Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    The Monarch's sign-off on a Bill is the last stage in making laws in the United Kingdom. But there's sometimes a delay before the new law comes into force.
  •  From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK Creative commons image Icon 'Paddington from Peru, the immigrant' by Tim Gillin, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    08 Aug 2017

  • From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK

     From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK Creative commons image Icon 'Paddington from Peru, the immigrant' by Tim Gillin, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Aug 2017
    How can racism and xenophobia undermine democracy and the public finances?

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  • Human rights and law

    Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do these rights come from and how did they develop? This free...

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    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
    Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do...

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    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Business Studies

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    BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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    Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move....